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Government over reach has got to stop

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A continuation of the story – https://kmir.com/…/off-roading-adventure-turns-into-a-nigh…/

 

What was supposed to be a fun day off-roading, turning into a complete nightmare when a officer with the Bureau of Land Management shot at a pair of riders.  Mulitiple shots were fired after officers claim the off-roaders failed to stop, but the riders are telling a much different story and are demanding answers.

“What I remember the most was the blood, the blood…she had blood everywhere,” said Pedro Mejia, the driver of the Razor.

Blood dripped down his wife’s face after she was shot by an officer who allegedly felt threatened.

“The first thing my husband did was say we’re stopping, we’re stopping. And I immediately put my hands up too, and right after I raised my hand in the air is when he fire the shot,” said Denise Mejia, who was grazed by the bullet in the head and was shot in the hand.

Denise and Pedro Mejia were only planning on going off-roading during the day, but their off-roading adventure took a dark turn when they got a flat tire.

“My razor got no rear tire, I mean completely broken and all of a sudden these two vehicles turn on their lights and zoomed in,” said Pedro.

They came to a stop, put their hands up, and shots were fired.

“I remember my wife just screaming I don’t want to die, I don’t want to die,” he said with a quiver in his voice.

The Bureau of Land Management claims the victims didn’t stop and were actually off-roading in a restricted area. 

“They didn’t say anything. They didn’t tell us to stop. In fact, we were the only once that were talking,” said Denise.

Pedro also said there was no warning or signs up signs up in that area. He did pass by a sign that said “four-wheel-drive recommended.” He also adds, that he and his wife, in no way threatened the officers.

“All we had was an ice chest cooler, no alcohol, we had a metal detector, we had a gun in the vehicle, it’s for coyotes, but it was tucked away

Which is why the couple is so confused and demand answers.

“It’s really an emotional rollercoaster. We are happy to be alive and can say that we are still with our family but at the same time we are confused about why everything happened,” said Denise.

Denise is now recovering from hand surgery and 15 staples on her head. The couple has yet to get their personal belongings back, including their driver’s license and bank cards. However, no charges have been filed. KMIR reached out to the Riverside County Sheriff’s office and they are unable to share additional details on the ongoing investigation.

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FAFA June monthly meeting

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FAFA Meeting Agenda

June 8th, 2018 Eastern Oregon Livestock Show Parade, Union, Oregon
2 pm

We will be holding our meeting at our rally point for the parade at 1 pm for the

June Meeting. We would also appreciate all that would like to ride along with us

thru the parade to show your support for keeping an open forest system in the

Blue Mountains for Motorized Access. 

Call Meeting to Order

1-introductions as needed

2-treasure report

3-minutes from last meeting

Old Business

1.   BMFPR Objection meetings (No Change)

             Venues

a)    Baker – Sunridge
b)    La Grande – Armory
c)    Grant County – Mt Vernon Grange Hall (change from original)
d)    Wallowa County – Cloverleaf Hall (Gina Birkmiar is tracking)
e)    Milton Freewater – American Legion Hall is committed

Assistance/Materials
a)    Front door to hand out handout/example/template
b)    Two spare printers & laptops to help people write if requested
c)    Envelopes, pre-addressed

3.   Banquet – Report (odd’s and ends)

4.    RS 2477 research update (if any)

5.    Baker & Union County NRAC’s – Any news to report?

6.    Report from any members attending local Collaboratives?

7.    July ATV/4×4 Rally – Anything New

8.   Lead Objector (Do we want to talk to the lawyer about coming with us when the time comes?)

9.   Miners Jubilee Parade

New Business

  1. Any items from the group?

OPEN DISCUSSION

Travel Management

2018 FAFA Banquet will be in a different location

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If you, or anyone you know are planning on attending, please share this post with them, so we make sure everyone get’s to the event.

Update on venue for our Banquet on May 19th.

New Venue – Baker County Event Center – 2600 East Street, Baker City (See Attached Map).

We have a slight change in the banquet this year. We will be changing venues due to remodeling at the Sunridge Inn. The Sunridge will still be catering the event and taking care of us all, they just had a delay in their remodel and are helping us adjust.

At FAFA we are a adjust and overcome outfit, and this is just a small hiccup. The Event Center will be great with a bit more elbow room and places to lay out all of our great donations for the live & silent auctions, as well as more room to mingle and socialize.

We would also like to take the time to thank Tork & Wanda Ballard for all their hard work in helping organize the event, and all those that have been working towards our May 19th social event & fund raiser.

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FAFA 5th Annual Banquet

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May 19, 2018 at the Sunridge Inn, Baker City..Forest Access For All will hold our 5th annual fund raiser banquet. This is an opportunity to support an organization of strictly volunteers. FAFA works to retain our historical open access on public lands. 2012 in La Grande, FAFA sponsored the meeting igniting the outcry against the onerous Travel Management Plan. Two weeks following the meeting the Record of Decision was withdrawn. We are many voices; miners, grazers, recreationist, timber interests, and most of all the families that rely on access to the forests for sustenance, whether that be spiritual or goods. When you visit the family huckleberry patch, dispersed campsite, think of supporting FAFA, we are working for you. Banquet seating is limited, call Tork Ballard 541-523-4209 and secure a place.

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No Responsive Records – Still not listening

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These items were requested by Forest Access For All, and denied by the Forest Supervisor Tom Montoya and Regional Forester Jim Pena. We will discuss what this means below the listed items.

Response Letter from Regional Forester – 12_27_17_No_Response_FOIA_Response

Information requested on –

1) Blue Mountains Forest Plan

a) We would like a list of the people and groups that have standing to object to the
Blue Mountain Forest Plan Revision
b) We would like a list of all changes currently made to the Blue Mountain Forest
Plan Revision
c) We would like a copy of all new alternatives developed after the comment period
d) What is the expected date the final EIS will be released?
e) If any specialist reports were produced for the Blue Mountain Forest Plan
Revision, we would like a copy of these.

 
2) Travel Management Plan (Sub-part A)
a) We would like copies of any specialist reports used in developing Sub-part A.
b) We would like a copy of all public meeting notes taken for input on roads needed
in Baker, Union, Wallowa, and Grant Counties for the Sub-part A report.

 
3) Blue Mountain Resiliency Project
a) We would like the individual treatment areas identified on the Wallowa Whitman,
Ochoco and Umatilla National Forest.
b) How many meetings have been held and county commissions/courts on
development of the targeted treatment areas?
c) We would like a copy of notes taken at the meetings, if any have occurred.

 

What this means to you as a  user of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest

  1. The agency has no clue as to who has standing for submitting comments on the Forest Plan Revision, or at least doesn’t admit to who has standing in an attempt to limit objections to the revision. (Fortunately for you, we do know who has standing, and have developed a list of people to work with on writing and submitting objections when the Final EIS is released, please be watching for workshops this spring).
  2. The forest service is unwilling to give an open and transparent process to the development of changes to the forest plan revision, what changes have been made since comments were submitted, or what possible alternatives have been developed from our over 500 individual commentors.
  3. No specialist reports were generated for the development of the Sub-part A Travel Analysis Report, which means limited to no analysis was completed on determining which roads were “likely needed” and which roads were “likely not needed.”
  4. There has been no individual discussions with county governments on proposed treatments on the Blue Mountains Resiliency Project, and the forest service is currently developing those plans in a vacuum, contrary to what the propaganda machine at the Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman National Forest say.

All in all, it means they are still not listening, and they are still hell bent on locking us all out of the mountains of Eastern Oregon under the disguise of “protecting the people.” This has nothing to do with protecting our communities, it has to do with Mr. Pena and his friends seeing our forest managed as “preserves” and not as working lands. 

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Forest Park Study (Portland Oregon)

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Forest Park Study (Portland Oregon)

We are curious how the Wallowa-Whitman and Malheur National Forest balance a study like this in regards to Forest Park in Portland and the abundance of wildlife it supports, with what they keep shoving down our throats that humans are such a menace to wildlife.

Article for Oregonlive Nov. 2013 – http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2012/11/the_forest_park_wildlife_repor.html

The article speaks to the abundant wildlife in the park and praises their management of the area and the study gives a robust listing of wildlife in the park. FAFA has completed a very rough estimate of main road courses that surround the park, including Highway 30 and 26 as well as main streets/roads through the area. Our assessment does not account for roads in housing development areas.

Our assessment of the main road courses finds 33 miles of roads in the area, with the area being 5,100 ac’s in size that would make it roughly 8 sq. miles in area.

33 miles of road with 8 sq miles of area would give a total of 4.125 miles of road per sq. mile.

This number does not account for housing developments that border or are found within the boundaries of the park, we’re going to estimate our number is roughly 1/2 of the true miles of roads in the area, so we’re estimating a number more to the tune of 7 to 8 miles of road per sq. mile in the area.

How is it that there is such robust wildlife in the area, with such large amounts of humans and motorized use going on, including elk that they are so proud of?

Please tell us how eliminating mans use of the Wallowa Whitman and Malheur National Forests that see’s not even a 1/1000 of the use serves any greater good for the local populace of the local area, or how it will drastically improve conditions on the landscape. We would like to see this survey utilized when revisiting the EIS when determining the true need for closing additional roads in Northeastern Oregon.

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Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision Newsletter

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The key item found in the newsletter is that the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) will be released sometime in 2017 ( we estimate January to April). This will be your opportunity to file formal objections to the forest plan and gain standing for possible litigation of the plan.

Newsletter – 2016-fall-newsletter-blue-mountains-forest-plan-revision

We continue to encourage you to be ready to submit your objections when the FEIS is released.

We will be holding workshops once the FEIS is released. These workshops will help you write objections to protect your multiple uses of our lands in Northeastern Oregon. So please be watching for notification of those meetings and get your friends in the loop.

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Forest Service Delays Release of Final Environmental Impact Statement

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You may have recently received a letter or an email from FAFA stating that the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) would be coming out in September or October. As we read the tea leaves of dealing with the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest Supervisors office, we fully expect to see the document in that time frame, and with no cooperation from the supervisors office on giving us even a general time frame, after several request on a basic time frame of release, we decided to step out on a limb and send you the correspondence, roughly 450 letters and 240 emails.
 
Last week the Forest Service announced that they would be yet again delaying the release of the FEIS due to complications. We see the letters as a good reminder that the process is coming, and coming soon, but not as soon as we thought, attached are the notices that came out last week after we mailed the letters.
 
We will keep you a prized of when the FEIS comes out and when we will be holding our objection writing meetings so that you can participate in the process and file an objection if you want.
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